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Zlatan Ibrahimovic laughs off media speculation over future

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has brushed aside questions about his club future and ongoing speculation about Manchester United, although he has confirmed he does not plan to return to Malmo.

Ibrahimovic, 34, has been linked with a reunion with new United manager Jose Mourinho next season after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, but his agent suggested in recent days that a move to Old Trafford is unlikely

At a news conference with the Sweden national team on Wednesday, the striker said: "I want you to still write a lot of stories.

"I get excited when I see them because I want to see who is making up the best story. And when I am tired of it, I will let you know where I will go."

Ibrahimovic did address questions about a return to his hometown club Malmo, where he began his career, saying that was not an option.

"I'm too good for the Swedish league," he said.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he is enjoying reading media speculation about his future.

Ibrahimovic had fuelled the speculation of a return when he told the crowd at Malmo's Swedbank Stadion on Monday that he would return, having sat out Sweden's friendly against Slovenia because of a sore calf.

"What I meant when I said I'll come back is with the national team," he said. "They'll have to be patient and they'll see me again in the national team shirt."

Sweden's largest morning newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, reported on Friday that Ibrahimovic had decided to retire from internationals after this summer, when he will captain the team at the European Championship.

Ibrahimovic, who will turn 35 in October, told the news conference he has not made up his mind yet.

"It's not something I've thought about, it's not something I've spent energy on. I haven't discussed it with anyone," he said. "I'm here to play the Euros and prepare myself in the best way possible. It's not something I've thought about.

"I'm enjoying myself as long as I'm here. How long I'll be here I don't know."

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.

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